Thursday, December 18, 2008

How M.U makes my day happier :)

True or not, football does bring different people together :) at least that's what happened to me. This morning, one of my GM reported that his PC was infected by virus. So, as a goodwill, I also attended his PC together with my System Engineer.
Then, suddenly my mobile phone rang; it was my big brother on the line. Of course, the phone rang with my favorite ring tone; MU theme song :). Then the GM looked at me at smiled, "Wah, MU supporter also eh?". Hahahhaa, it's the first time, he never smiled before. Then, we had a big chat about MU at his sofa while my System Engineer cleaning up the virus.

3 months before this...

Actually, this guy seemed a bit unfriendly to me since I joined this company. I don't know whether it is just my feeling or he really was not satisfied with me for something. Even so, I didn't bother much because our department is reporting to another GM.
One thing for sure; my company really represents the multi-cultural of Malaysia :) The CEO is a Malay- Datuk A, the GM of Corporate Services is an Indian- Mr S (the one we report to) and the GM of Operation is a Chinese- Mr K.

MU really saves the day...

Now that I know his interest :) it's a good start to build a rapport with another GM. It will make your life easier to implement any projects if you can be sure that you will be backed by two of the most influential people at my workplace. Else, you will fight like hell to defend any papers presented at the Board Meeting in order to get approval.
Good networking has its advantages. We'll see how it goes because I've got a lot of papers to present for next year's budget :) MU forever... hahhahaha.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Racism? Who is the Racist?

The current development of Malaysian politics really got me disgusted and feeling uneasy. All those so called "wakil rakyat" regardless of the ruling party or the opposition were really 'tak sayang mulut' and struggling hard to be the champions of their own race.

What is this? Is it the voice of the people? Dehh, I don't think so! Each and everyone of those "wakil rakyat" had abused the trusts put in them by the multi-racial people during the last election. They are trusted to keep the harmony and peace in the country, but end up they are the ones creating tensions, conflicts and unnecessary provocation for their own political gains.

What is wrong with multi racial...

This is what unique about Malaysia... many race Melayu, Cina, India living together in peace and respect of each other. This is what the situation is everywhere in Malaysia. You can travel from north to south, from suburbs to towns, from the green of paddy fields to the beautiful mountains and feel safe, without prejudice and fear. This is Malaysia, and I truly believe that majority of Malaysians feel obnoxious with all the gimmicks and drama put on by those so call "wakil rakyat".

Where I came from...

I went to KSAH for my secondary education... my best buddies were Teoh Boon Seong, Gurveer Singh and Kumaralingam. Also I got Victor Andrag (current Kedah state footballer) and Cheah Kean Seng (former Kedah state footballer) as my sidekicks when I was a prefect. There were no gaps between us. We were Kolejians... there's no Chinese students, Malay students or Indian students... we were united as one, and KSAH is our Alma matter. Students did what students do best, study and have fun!

Same goes when I was in the University. Apart from my Malay best buddies, there were also Krishna, Kim Heng, Siva and Brandon Chan. In fact, when I was the Project Director for the University's 10th Convocation Expo, the one who supported me the most was my Deputy, Liew Tze Hui.

Moving on, I was the only Malay in my team when I joined the IT-arm of an Oil Company. No problems at all, in fact Chee Khean and Kok Cheong are still my best buddies even I am now at a new company. That's why the Oil Company upholds the principle of "Diversity and inclusiveness".

That's why... from where I came from... no such thing is racist. Only the politicians are making the unnecessary issue out of this, which I find it really disgusting! Let it be a lesson to us, NEVER to vote for these ungrateful brats again in the next election.

My personal views and hope...

I hope that the next PM will be stronger than the current because I believe only a strong PM can steer the country well and regain peace and harmony to the country. Previously, some people labeled Ayahanda Tun M as dictator... for me, a little dictatorship is essential to control these type of "tak sayang mulut" people from making a "suka hati tok nenek diaorang" statement that will plunge Malaysia into instability and racial tensions.

Then again, that is my personal view :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ayahanda Tun M's Aidilfitri Open House

Nice one! Today my big bro and I went to Ayahanda Tun's Aidilfitri open house at Mines Resort City. The crowd was huge, not sure how many people attended but it was surely thousands!
I managed to salam both Ayahanda Tun Mahathir and Bonda Tun Siti Hasmah :) ... The last time I salam Tun was in Alor Setar in 1984 if I'm not mistaken (I was in Standard One), he was on a surprise visit to the then Pasaraya Komart (now, bangunan PKNK) when he met me at the vegetable section, shopping some groceries with my parents.
My Idol...
Tun Mahathir has been my Idol since childhood. Of course, with his long tenure, I was born and raised under his leadership as Malaysian Prime Minister. He is surely the leader who practiced "leading by example". I followed his approached since 1980's, when he introduced the punch card attendance system. You can see the leading by example concept when he always the one who came early to the office.
Anybody can talk the talk, can they walk the walk?
Anybody can brag about getting things done the best way, but can they really do it in practice? My Idol is the type of person who gets things done, not just by merely saying about it. It's very frustrating to see how today's leaders tried to deny whatever good he has done to the country by tarnishing his achievements.
Come on man, you keep mentioning about bad things he did but you yourself yet to prove your own worthiness! At least he did something for the nation, how about you? Curse those empty cans, did nothing but talk nonsense. But, I guess, they also did not have much choice do they? Hahahaha, just because you cannot highlight that you are better than Tun M, you end up digging trash to show that he is as low as you are. Really pathetic I might say, dude!
Why I didn't post any Politic comments in my Blog?
I hate today's politicians, the ruling party or even the opposition. I had a bad experience that led me hating this dude until today.
It was early 1998 when there was a meeting held at UIAM with the then DPM, involving all IPTA's student leaders. I was there. When answering to a question, he repeatedly said that, "Mahasiswa tidak patut libatkan diri dalam politik. Tanggungjawab kamu belajar. Pikir susah payah mak bapak hantar kamu datang belajar. Dah grad nanti, terpulanglah, masuklah mana-mana parti politik hatta pembangkang sekalipun."
Well the tone was different though, when he was sacked later that year, hahaha! Suddenly, he urged, "Mahasiswa perlu bangkit menentang kezaliman!"
Why? Just because it was you getting sacked, so the students no longer need to think about susah payah mak bapak eh? Suddenly it's 'Halal' to hit the streets for demonstration eh? Suddenly, no need to graduate and faced the possibility of having jailed just to save your political career eh?
Well, I am no fanatic of any political parties nor am I a member of any, I am just a bystander who are really disgusted with these kind of political drama and lust for power, claiming the title PM as if it's his 'birth rights'?
Now you know why, hahahaha...
I can go on and on, and on, and on ... like the everlasting battery advertisement :) when talking about my disappointments with current politics. But, why waste my time. This blog is personal, I'll keep it as one. Thanks my dear friends for reading, I will not bore you guys again with these political kedai kopi talks.
Moving on...
Ayahanda Tun dan isteri.. semoga Allah panjangkan umur anda berdua serta seluruh keluarga, dan dikurniakan kesihatan yang baik. Amin!
Ikhlas dari rakyat Malaysia yang tahu mengenang budi.
-Pedang Bertuah 5-October-2008 10:56PM

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The legend is back in action!

It's my first week at the new office and in a new position. It felt nice inside that I am where I am now. It boasts my confidence that I am somewhat had accomplished something great in life. True, I am busier than before and also bigger responsibilities are up my shoulder but that all of course comes with the package.

Staff reporting to me...

I have 7 staff reporting to me. They consist of 2 DBA, 2 HPUX Specialist, 1 Helpdesk Executive, 1 Security Administrator and 1 Network Administrator. Currently, only 8 are present since one of my staff is still on maternity leave.

The first meeting with the guys...

When I held my first meeting with my staff, I found out there are a lot of issues which I need to attend to regarding staff welfares, workload and a few technical related problems. There is one non-exec staff in my team who is performing Exec's level task which I felt that he earned an upgrade in job grade. I will do something about this so that his hardwork will be compensated accordingly.

I am hiring people to join my team... interested?

After assessing their workload, I found that they are indeed overloaded. I need to hire more staff for my team. My Boss allowed me to hire another 2 more staff to join my team. So, anyone interested? Salary is negotiable, because if you are worth it then the company is willing to pay. However, no fresh graduates please, I need the experience ones because they adapt faster to environment and are ready to execute any tasks given.

Summary of my first week...

Day 1 : Started smoothly. Held my first meeting to get to know my staff and to establish relationship.

Day 2 : Well, unlucky, the elevators not functioning in the morning. Had to climb up the stairs up to Level 12. Gosh! Pancit woo...

Day 3 : The CEO's hard disk crashed. Got my staff to rectify and temporarily set up a loan unit. Later in the afternoon, had a meeting with him in IT Steering Committee. He personally introduced me to the members of the meeting.

Day 4 : The internet is down in the afternoon. Got to answer calls and emails from the Senior Management... only my first week, already got pounded by other bosses! Well, this is what IT is all about. Nobody realize our existence until we hit problem, hahahahaha.

Day 5 : I sent email notifying that the internet connection was restored and all other related applications was back online. However, to my surprise, the internet was down once again! Gosh, we already rectified yesterday's issue yet we were hit by another one. Well, yesterday's downtime was caused by a Proxy Server related problem and today's one was caused by the firewall breakdown. How very rare to be hit with 2 different problems that cause 1 single effect - the internet being down.

Started off on the right foot...

Indeed, there were hick-ups here and there, but I guess I started off on the right foot. It brings back memories from my university days where I was being tested on my people management skill, my P.R with every level of management, crisis management and mentoring. Even though I did lead people in my previous job, but it was only in small project teams. This time, it's different, I have subordinates reporting to me. It's the time to go all out and prove myself. The legend is back in action.... me!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A blessing in disguise?

A few weeks back, I met Kak Y and F at Ampang Park while having lunch with 2 of my best friends/colleagues. She congratulated me on my career jump and asked whether I was going to meet my former direct Boss? I said, why meet the one held me stagnant for 7 years? She said, indirectly, it's because of him I searched for other place to work and did quite successfully in return. It's a "blessing in disguise"...
A blessing in disguise... is it really?
Yes, I do believe that everything happens for a reason and it's God's will. But, is it appropriate to thank someone that treated us unfairly? Whatever he or she did to you, that is NOT RIGHT and should not had happened. And, surely it's not justifiable or should be given any credits just because you turned out in a better position later in life due to what they did to us.
And then, I also believe in retribution, whatever bad things you do to people today, you will surely get back in equal. What goes a round comes around! I have no grudge against them, don't have to, because I believe in this.
Looking back...
Actually, my former direct Boss was not that terrible per say. The only thing he was unjust to me was by holding me back on my career progression. That's why I said that I have no grudge against him. I still respect him as once a Boss to me. I did learn a lot during his supervision. He was a good mentor and never stingy in sharing all his knowledge.
But, I couldn't help but feeling frustrated because he didn't promote me. It was like he didn't acknowledge my skills and performance. It was more like "jauh hati" because of what he did rather than a grudge.
Life is short, treasure all you have
Indeed, our life is too short to spent on little things like dissatisfaction or frustration over the wrong doing people did to us. Enjoy your life the fullest and be happy of all the blessings and rezeki God has given to us.
Besides, IT is a very small industry, who knows, maybe someday you might bump to each other once again. But, I hope this time around we are at par or it's me in return that will become the Boss, right? Ehehehehe!
Insyaallah, it's all of God's will.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

1st September...

1st September, what so special about it? It fell on 1st Ramadhan, the first day for Muslim to perform 'puasa'. It's also my birthday anniversary... I am 31 years old. Happy birthday to me! Ehehehehe...
Yes, the figure 31, I am older by another year. What have I accomplished all these years? The ups and downs in my life journey... what is there to remember and what is there to cast aside?
What I remember about my childhood?
What I can truly remember was that being the youngest in the family has its advantages. Everyone in the family focused on me. The pamper and undivided attention from my parents and siblings.
But still, a pressure put on me to follow the example of those before me. I had to keep up with my eldest sister who was then studied at USM and the study-holic elder brother. Every time I wanted to watch TV, my mom would say the same words, "Pi baca buku, tgk macam kak dengan abang".
Well, it didn't break my confidence even a bit, but I took it as a challenge to prove that everybody has his or her own unique ways of studying. What can I say more, I managed to get top 3 in class every year and got to receive the present from YTM Raja Puan Muda Kedah during Speech Day. I had proven it once more when I got 5As for my UPSR in 1989 and emerged as top 10 in the school.
The story continues...
In my secondary school, my dad told my mom to cut me some slack because I was different from my other siblings. Since then, my parents approved anything I did and they had full faith in me.
Maybe it's a gift, but I realized that I have a very good memory. While others were struggling to do revision, I could still recall clearly what's been taught in class. Lucky for me also, I was taught by some very great teachers which undoubtedly the core of my successes.
Well, not bad, I got 6 Aggregate for my SRP in 1992 (the last SRP in Malaysia, later changed to PMR) and I scored 10 Aggregate for my SPM in 1994. I got 10 aggregate in my SPM because of my Bahasa Melayu flopped C4, ehehehe. My Bahasa Melayu teacher Cikgu Siti Rafeah (she was also my Sastera Melayu teacher) was confused because I scored A2 for my Sastera Melayu but instead flopped in Bahasa Melayu. I don't know what to say cikgu, it happens! :)
Guess what, I was awarded the Best Student SPM 1994 (Arts Stream) and emerged as the college top 5. I was also awarded the SAHOCA KL/Selangor Scholarship. SAHOCA is the Sultan Abdul Hamid Old Collegian Association. For SPM during my days, the best will get the Gold Medal Award from Sultan Kedah and another 4 top students will get the SAHOCA Award.
University days and work life experience...
My University days were even challenging and full of nice memories :) but I think I'll save that for my next post. Same goes to my work life.
Anyway, my resolve is to give my very best in everything I do while balancing my work and family life, Insyaallah!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Finally, I got the job!

Alhamdulillah... I finally got the job I told you guys in my earlier post.
Actually I got the Letter of Appointment on Monday, 11th August 2008, but it took me quite sometime to update this blog since I only tendered my resignation today.
The job offer...
First of all, I am thrilled that I got the salary I asked for! I guess the interview with Datuk A was just a formality or sort. Even he himself never touched about salary during our meeting.
I'll get to have my own office (being a system engineer for 8 years, you don't get to have all this, ehehehe), my own dedicated parking space, subordinates who will be reporting to me and a few more perks that comes along with the whole package.
In addition, I'll get to have a regular working hours (more time to spend with my family), less weekend jobs (so I can concentrate on my MBA) and I can save a lot on tolls and fuel consumption (because my wife and I only need one car to go to work from now on due to same route, and, that I no longer need to commute to Cyberjaya).
Alhamdulillah, I am really grateful to God's blessing... just as my Mother put it, "rezeki anak-anak".
Tendering resignation...
I really caught my Bosses by surprise, because previously there weren't any indications that I am leaving. Besides, I was away for Microsoft Tech Ed SEA event in KL this whole week and only came in to the office today...with the resignation letter!
I would like to thank both of my Bosses for understanding and for supporting my career move. Even it's hard for them to let me go but the reality is, they couldn't give me any counter-offer since our company was just outsourced and a lot of procedures are still unclear.
My manager said, "It's a great loss for us that you are leaving, but I cannot hold you back from your career move by giving you promises I'm not sure I can fulfilled". Thanks Mr. Y, even just by having that thought in mind itself for me is enough, to show how much I am appreciated and acknowledged.
Moving on...
Quoting Uncle Ben in 'Spider-man' movie said to Peter Parker, "Great powers come with great responsibilities".
It's true. Now, I have a bigger responsibility as an Assistant Manager. If before this I kept complaining on how my superiors treated me, now, it's how I treat my staff will be in question! Hopefully, I don't turn into becoming like the people I hate... Hopefully, I can carry out my duties successfully... Hopefully, I can give all my efforts to compensate the trust that the company and the management put in me... Hopefully, my presence will give a positive impact to the company and the people around me, insyaallah!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims

Project paper presentation:
On Sunday, 10-Aug-2008, I presented a paper on Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims for one of my MBA class (Law, Ethics and CSR). There were so many questions asked by my fellow classmates. I never thought that many of them have similar problems but not taken any actions.
The following are some info to help you guys who have problems with your house developer.
Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims
This tribunal was established in 2002 and started its full scale operation in January 2003. This tribunal was initiated and placed under the Ministry of Housing and Local Goverment. However, this tribunal only handles the claims of a value less than RM 50,000.00 only. You can claim any damages, default or whatsoever but within the stipulated maximum amount. This tribunal acts as an alternative to assist homebuyers to get compensation in an easier, cheaper and faster manner compare to a civil court.
The process...
1. You have to file your claims at the Tribunal (Headquartered in Pusat Bandar Damansara) by filling in Form 1 and pay a fee of RM10. The tribunal will stamp their seal in FOUR copies and TWO copies will be returned back to you.
2. You have to send ONE copy to the developer to alert them that a claim had been filed at the tribunal. Make sure you send by hand, registered letter, Poslaju or any means that may in return produce a proof of receipt. (This is important for the hearing)
3. The developer have to respond in 14 days if they have any defense statement or counter-claims. They may do that by filling in Form 2 also by paying RM10. If any defense statement were made, you can always make a rebuttal with a Form 3 justification.
4. The tribunal will then calls for a hearing and arrange a pre-hearing settlement if necessary.
5. During the hearing, both parties (homebuyer and developer) must represent themselves without any lawyer. I consider this fair, because we can charge head-to-head with them without fear.
6. The verdict will be known on the spot and an Award will be granted.
My personal experience...
My wife and I bought a house in Gombak but were unable to get the company loan. Our loan was rejected because the developer was not licensed and a few more doubts from the Sales and Purchase Agreement.
We decided to cancel the buying and take back our 1% deposit paid earlier. What happened was, not only they did not want to return our money but instead threatened us to pay an additional 1% to close file (cancel the buying) or face a lawsuit from them for the amount of 30% for breaking the S&P agreement.
I was furious, I hate people pushing me around.. so I filed my claim at the Tribunal. After the developer received my copy of Form 1, then only they tried to negotiate and apologized. Too late man, see you in court!
The hearing day came, my wife and I won the case and the developer were ordered to pay back our loses. It was a public hearing, so there were about 15-20 cases were in session for that day. We were called by our case number. The good thing I noticed during the hearing was that the Tribunal was at its best to protect the homebuyer. Many cases won and in favor of the homebuyer.
As a conclusion, know your rights, use your rights and nobody will take advantage on us.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Best Job Interview Ever!!!

Monday, 4th August 2008
I went for a 2nd round interview at one of the GLC (government-linked company), which headquartered in Selangor. This time, the CEO himself, Datuk A, interviewed me.
Actually, I was quite surprised when I got a phone call from the company's HR that I was scheduled for a 2nd interview with the CEO. I felt honored and delighted :)
The scenario....
I was made to understand that the CEO rarely interviews candidates. Most of the time the selection only endorsed by him, once the senior management decided on who had succeeded in the interview. It seemed that I was the one selected by my future boss and since the salary I asked for was beyond what is offered, so my application was forwarded to the next level, the CEO level.
The best job interview I had so far....
That day came, where I was brought by the HR staff to his office on the top floor. I felt just like home because Datuk A was very polite and the hospitality was great.
I anticipated that I would be asked to justify why I requested that much of a salary, or maybe I would get pounded by questions to prove am I worthy enough for that position. But things turned out to be really the opposite way.
He shared with me his passion for the company where he has been working for 16 years now, he outline all his expectations to me and my future department, he shared about the company's history on how he built the company to its current level now, and even shared with me his personal motivation and beliefs.
I was very impressed and at the same time motivated with the passion he showed. Insyaallah, I'll strive my very best for the company if hired.
Whatever the outcome will be....
Whether am I hired or not, and whether will I be offered the expected salary or lower... for me it doesn't matter. Whatever the outcome will be, this is the best job interview I had so far. And, thanks Datuk A for your time and willingness to share your secret to success with me.
So, wish me luck guys, this is an IT management position and a golden opportunity for me to take another career jump to secure my career life. Insyaallah!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My beloved school turns 100... !!!

My beloved school Sultan Abdul Hamid College already turned 100 years old...
It's quite unfortunate that I could not be there in Alor Setar with all the proud Collegians and Old Boys to celebrate this wonderful mark of history.
The chronicles and glory
Sultan Abdul Hamid College (KSAH) was established on 8th December 1908 and the first Principal was Allahyarham En Mohammad Iskandar, the beloved father of Tun Mahathir. Since its establishment, KSAH has produced countless leaders, businessman, patriots and professionals.
To name a few, all of them including the 1st Prime Minister Al-Marhum YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Mahathir Mohammad, Sultan Muadzam Shah who is the current ruler of Kedah, Tan Sri Khir Johari, Tan Sri Dr Othman Yeop, Tun Ahmad Fairuz etc.
Once a collegian, always a collegian
This is the motto being passed from seniors to juniors.... that, we will always look back and be proud of our root, where we come from. All the great experience I got from KSAH really shaped myself of becoming what I am today. Thanks to all the teachers, friends and non academic staff that have made my secondary school experience the most valuable one.
Special thanks...
Sorry to all my great teachers that I lost contact with all of you... I pray for all your health and happiness, only God can repay your kindness. Thanks Mrs Murugesan for polishing my English in Form 3... Thanks Mr Thiagarajah for your Math lesson... Thanks Cikgu Hussein for recruiting me into KSAH debate team.... thanks Cikgu Zaitom for your trust to lead the Forum Remaja team... thanks Mr Segaran and Cikgu Dina, the best Prefect's advisor ever... Thanks Cikgu Zaitun, Cikgu Aziah and Cikgu Muliati for your kind attention... Thanks my favorite Form teacher Cikgu Norsiah, Cikgu Sharifah, Cikgu Siti Rafeah and Mr Ooi Eng Lee... and thanks to all the wonderful people that their names might not listed here, but I do appreciate all your kindness. And, an extra thanks to Cikgu Hussein, for the trouble coming to my house and met my parents to extend the invitation to the Best Student SPM 1994 award ceremony.
Pedang Bertuah - KSAH 1990-1994

Monday, July 14, 2008

2004 : The saddest day of my life...

25th September 2004, my beloved father passed away. That was the saddest day of my life.
He was knocked down by a Pajero while riding his Honda C70, 6 days earlier. At first, the doctors thought that he only broke his ankle but they never noticed he suffered internal bleeding until he vomited blood on the 3rd day in hospital. He was then transfered to the ICU Ward. He had to rely on life-support machine after that. It was heart tormenting to see him in that condition, helpless that nothing I able to do to ease his pain. It was the heaviest test from God that myself and my family had to go through. We could do nothing but pray to God for His mercy and blessing. Then, in the morning of 25th September, my father peacefully gone to meet his Creator.
A day before the accident...
I took my father, mother and my niece to the Duty-Free Zone in Bukit Kayu Hitam, the day before the accident. We went sightseeing and shopping. He bought a nice shirt that he liked very much. Later that night was a father-and-son DVD night, where we enjoyed "Lord of the Rings III : Return of a King" together, while he was eating his favorite mangoes I bought him earlier.
The day of the accident...
I was supposed to go back to KL that night, only been back for the 2-day weekend break. That was my routine and still is, where I went back to my hometown Alor Setar every 1st Saturday of the month.
That morning, I had sore eyes, my eyes irritates and red. Before going out, my father held my head, reciting some 'doa' and blew it into my eyes. This was my father's specialty which he learned from my late grandfather, he can heal irritate eyes and few other illness. Never thought that, it would be the last gift of love from my father to his son.
Moving on, duty of a son...
Now it has been 4 years... not a single day that I ever forget my father. I tried my best to help my father for the life hereafter. I settled all the debts that I know of and carried out a Badal Haji (hire people to perform Haji on behalf) for my father. Spend at least 2hours every month to clear the grass and leaves off my father's grave. My prayers will always be with him.
I promised my father that I will take good care of my mother and niece. But still, if not because of the promise also, I will never neglect my mother and niece. A son's duty towards his parents is a lifetime responsibility even after he got married.
My sadness and happiness
I feel a bit sad that my father did not have the chance to see me get married... I feel a bit sad that my father did not have the chance to see my two sons, his first two grandsons, since the others are all grand-daughters... It is God's will....
But, I feel happy that I was able to make my father proud and happy. I knew that my father was always proud of me, but I noticed the sparks of his eyes the most in these three events :
1. When I was awarded Best Student SPM 1994 (Arts Stream);
2. When I got my degree scroll at my University graduation ceremony;
3. When I used my first salary to give him a Seiko 5 Automatic watch as a present.
He used the watch I gave him in 2000 until his last day...
Al-Fatihah, Bapak, I miss u very much....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My dream of a lifetime career...

At first, when I made the decision to leave my 1st job which I had worked for 7 years, I thought that "this is it", this is the one I will continue to serve until I retire.
But it turned out that I must make another jump, (sort of) to secure the future of my career. Sadly I must leave this company also, but not much of a choice there, though.
This is how the story started
When I graduated from the university in the year 2000, I was accepted to work as Executive Trainee in Malaysia's premier investment holding company. Then, placed in the IT Coordination Department as an IT Executive. So excited and energetic as a fresh graduate should be, I started my career with full of hope and dreams.
7 years passed by, not even a single day that I regretted working there. But, the unfair treatment by my direct supervisor really tore down my motivation to work. The favoritism practiced by him in promoting only a few selected people really got me frustrated. He gave me nothing but excuses everytime I asked about my career progression and he had no standard criteria in promoting people.
My light of hope suddenly aroused
After 3 years trying to join the reputed Oil company, finally I got the job, to be part of the highly acclaimed team. It was like a hand reaching out to me when I was about to drown in demotivation, pulling me out to a safe place. Guess what, I moved to the new company with almost a 62% increase in my current salary that time. Alhamdulillah, really grateful to God's blessings.
I thought it will last forever
Now, the IT arm of the Oil company I worked for had been outsourced. Goodbye Oil company, no more nice dreams of settling down and end my lifetime career with it. Starting 1st July 2008, everything changed, though still supports the Oil company, but no longer as a staff nor any guarantees whatsoever. It's time for me to make a move, looking for a better position and company that secures my future.